General Dynamics Bath Iron Works has earned the designation VETS Indexes 4 Star Employer in the 2023 VETS Indexes Employer Awards. The award recognizes the organization’s commitment to recruiting, hiring, retaining, developing, and supporting veterans and the military-connected community.
“General Dynamics Bath Iron Works stands out from the pack as one of the best employers nationwide for veterans, members of the National Guard and Reserves, and military spouses,” said George Altman, managing director of VETS Indexes.
General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, located in Bath, Maine, designs, builds and supports high-quality Navy surface combatants for the United States.
“Our efforts to recruit and develop veterans for our mission of building ships for the U.S. Navy have been rewarded with talented individuals who recognize that working together we can achieve great things for our country,” said BIW President Chuck Krugh, an Army veteran. “Our support for veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve and for their families is truly a win-win for our company and for the people who have chosen to continue their commitment to protecting our nation by working at Bath Iron Works.”
As more and more employers recognize the cutting-edge technical skills and soft skills veterans bring to the workplace, the race to attract military-connected talent gets increasingly competitive. “The number of organizations participating in the 2023 VETS Indexes Employer Awards more than doubled since last year – but even in this highly competitive environment, General Dynamics Bath Iron Works distinguished itself as a leader among veteran employers and should be commended,” Altman said.
Click here here to see the full slate of awardees.
This year, a record number of 239 organizations participated in the VETS Indexes Employer Awards, more than double the 118 participants in 2022. Of those, VETS Indexes recognized 200 organizations across the following award levels: 5 Star Employer, 4 Star Employer, 3 Star Employer, and Recognized Employer. Not every responding organization made the cut – only those that demonstrated a strong commitment to veterans, members of the National Guard and Reserves, and military spouses.
Participating organizations included companies large and small, government agencies and departments, nonprofit groups, colleges, and universities.
As the most objective and comprehensive evaluation of veteran employers, the VETS Indexes Employer Awards program has set a new standard in veteran employment data. This in-depth survey and recognition program\ analyzes employers’ policies, practices, and outcomes in detail, across the following 5 categories:
- Veteran job candidate recruiting and hiring
- Veteran employee development and retention
- Veteran-inclusive policies and culture
- Support for members of the National Guard and Reserves
- Military spouse/family support
For more information on the process and methodology behind the VETS Indexes Employer Awards, click here.